Division of Social Services
Plastek Giving Back
Work First emphasizes three strategies: Diversion, Work, and Job Retention. Work First Family Assistance is also provided for eligible children whose caretaker is not eligible for benefits themselves. The goals of Work First cannot be accomplished by the government alone. Understandably, moving families off the public assistance and towards self-sufficiency requires the efforts of each stakeholder in the community. Employees from the Plastek Group contacted the Department of Social Services Work First department requesting to adopt a family for Christmas. Toys and gifts were purchased and delivered to DSS. Along with gifts for the family, the employees also donated food to the DSS food pantry. With Plastek Healthwise program, employees can donate a food item and receive 15 points for each month toward the yearly goal, in order to receive a reduced Health Insurance plan. A big thank you to Plastek for caring.
Coats for Kids
A large number of Richmond County foster children were given new coats for Christmas because of a man and his employer.
Antonio Moore is an employee of Cascades Moulded Pulp in Rockingham. Antonio is known for having a big heart for his community and a genuine desire to “give back.” On his own, Antonio was already an enthusiastic participant in Coats for Kids, but when he learned that Cascades, Inc. would match donations contributed by employees in Rockingham, Coats for Kids became an even bigger mission for him. Moulded Pulp had not participated in Coats for Kids in the past so, Antonio became the first Coats for Kids coordinator. He encouraged each employee to participate and reminded everyone of the importance of providing warm coats for those in need. Antonio’s dedication and ongoing efforts plus receipt of the additional matching funds provided by Cascades Inc. led to a successful fund drive. Antonio is an excellent example of the positive difference that one person can make in their community.
Programs and services provided by the Richmond County Department of Social Services are funded through federal, state and county revenues, in addition to grants and other donations, to meet the community’s priorities as defined by the Board of County Commissioners.
The Mission of the Richmond County Department of Social Services is to develop and implement human services programs which are intended to promote the health, well-being, self sufficiency and protection of families, children and adults within our communities.
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